And he said, Let me go, for the day breaks. And he said, I will not let you go, except you bless me.
I. He was thoroughly in earnest; he wrestled till he got the blessing.
II. If we wish to gain a blessing like Jacob's, we must be alone with God. It is possible to be alone with God, even in the midst of a multitude.
III. Jacob's heart was hardened with a load of sin. It crushed his spirit, and was breaking his heart. He could bear it no more, and so he made supplication. He wanted to be lifted out of his weakness, and made a new man.
IV. in the moment of his weakness, Jacob made a great discovery. He found that when we cannot wrestle we can cling.
V. He received the blessing wrestled for as soon as he became content to accept it as God's free gift.
(W. Hay Aitken, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.